Prime Minsiter Nawaz Sharif has made Secretary Aviation Irfan Elahi Pakistan as acting chairman of Pakistan International Airlines.
PIA Chairman Azam Saigol tendered his resignation on personal grounds on December 13.
Saigol forwarded his resignation to the PIA board of governors citing personal reasons, according to aviation sources. A PIA spokesperson and the Aviation Division confirmed the development.
The resignation comes days after an ATR-42 aircraft of the PIA crashed into the hillside near Havelian area of district Abbottabad, killing all 42 passengers and five crew members onboard.
Since then the national flag-carrier has been under fire over allegedly poor flight safety protocols.